“As a relatively young business, we’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved in facing the challenges as an Indigenous business, building a strong brand and forcing open the doors to opportunity,” Kristal said.
“IPS is passionate about a shared desire to build the capacity of Indigenous businesses, communities and people.
“I’m honoured to have the opportunity to lead such a strong business and great team.”
Kristal praised former IPS Managing Director Katina Law for her outstanding leadership and guidance over the past three years. “Katina has been a fantastic leader and inspirational mentor, not only to me but to all of us within the IPS family, I wouldn’t be where I am without her,” Kristal said.
IPS Management Consultants, established in 2015, provides jobs and business opportunities to many Aboriginal people across Australia. IPS has grown to 25 staff in 3 years, with 33 per cent of those Indigenous. A passionate advocate of growing opportunities for Aboriginal people and businesses, IPS was awarded Supply Nation’s 2018 Certified Supplier of the Year, in recognition of its inspirational work in driving supplier diversity in Australia.
The appointment as Managing Director caps a remarkable 12 months for Kristal, a mother of three from Port Macquarie, NSW.
IPS also warmly welcomes new Operations Manager Jahna Cedar to the team. Jahna is a Nyiyaparli/Yindjibarndi woman from the Pilbara region of Western Australia and is recognised as a strong Indigenous community leader.
Jahna has worked for over 18 years advocating for equal rights and reconciliation of Indigenous people, and has represented Indigenous Australia at the United Nations in New York, on three occasions. In 2012, Jahna was the youngest person to be elected into the West Australian International Women’s Day Hall of Fame and in 2017 proudly won Business news 40 under 40, First amongst Equals. Jahna was also awarded Telstra Business Women Awards WA – For Purpose and Social Enterprise Winner in 2017 and enjoys speaking at various events on issues of social justice, Indigenous rights and business management.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Jahna to our team to drive our operations and continue to support our growth as a national business,” said Kristal.